Housing crisis and neglect at root of fatal Oakland fire, one of the deadliest in US history

By David Brown, 6 December 2016

With at least 36 confirmed dead, the Ghost Ship fire is the deadliest in over a decade—the product of city negligence and skyrocketing rent prices driving an informal housing market.

Death toll at least 33 in Oakland warehouse fire

Russia and China block UN resolution as Syrian army continues advance in Aleppo

By Jordan Shilton, 6 December 2016

The Syrian army and Shia militias backing its offensive in eastern Aleppo have now taken control of approximately two-thirds of “rebel”-held districts.

Australia’s Socialist Alternative agitates for escalation of US intervention in Syria

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India rebuffs Pakistan’s “peace” overtures

By Keith Jones, 6 December 2016

India has demonstrably rebuffed Pakistan’s attempts to initiate a dialogue aimed at defusing the almost three-month-long war crisis between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states.

War tensions between India and Pakistan intensify

Shock resignation by New Zealand Prime Minister

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 6 December 2016

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation from politics after eight years in the role and a decade as leader of the National Party.

Trump transition team announces continued support for Dakota Access Pipeline

By Kevin Martinez, 6 December 2016

The announcement follows the Army Corp of Engineers’ decision to delay construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe.

US Army Corps postpones confrontation over Dakota Access Pipeline construction

Canada’s Liberal government stands by plan to use military against pipeline protests

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2016

After Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr threatened to deploy the army against pipeline protesters, Green Party leader Elizabeth May sprang to his defence.

Jury deadlocks in South Carolina police murder trial

By John Burton, 6 December 2016

The jury in the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager, who was caught on video firing eight rounds at a fleeing Walter Scott, was discharged Monday after failing to reach a verdict.

Illinois governor vetoes $215 million in pension funding for Chicago teachers

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016

Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.

Supreme Court Brexit hearing begins amid growing divisions in UK ruling circles

By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2016

The case stems from the major constitutional and political crisis sparked by the narrow June 23 referendum vote to exit the EU.

Immigrants protest ill treatment in UK detention centres

By Richard Tyler, 6 December 2016

Hunger strikes, attempted suicides and incidents of self-harm are common in the centres.

Polish parliament approves creation of paramilitary militia

By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2016

The Polish parliament gave its approval for the creation of an army for territorial defence in mid-November.

Long-time leader loses election in The Gambia

By Eddie Haywood, 6 December 2016

The Gambia was ruled by outgoing president Yahya Jammeh for more than two decades after he came to power in 1994 in a military coup.

Australia: Fair Work Commission backs mass sackings at Essential Energy

By Terry Cook, 6 December 2016

The Electrical Trades Union handed the dispute over to the industrial tribunal and is wholly responsible for the outcome.

New in Spanish

El legado político de Fidel Castro

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 diciembre 2016

El legado de Castro no puede ser evaluado únicamente desde el prisma cubano, sino que debe tomar en cuenta el impacto de su política a nivel internacional y, sobre todo, en América Latina.

Tras la victoria de Trump el peso mexicano se desploma en medio de la inquietud de la clase gobernante

Por Clodomiro Puentes, 6 diciembre 2016

La elección de Trump y sus posiciones declaradas sobre la inmigración y el comercio externo han creado un ambiente de inquietud en los círculos gobernantes mexicanos.

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Trump choisit le général « Mad Dog » Mattis comme ministre de la défense

Par Patrick Martin, 6 décembre 2016

Le choix du général à la retraite James Mattis a reçu l’approbation de l’establishment politique et de la sécurité nationale ainsi que les médias patronaux dans leur ensemble.

Le Premier ministre italien Renzi propose sa démission après la défaite au référendum constitutionnel

Par Alex Lantier et Mark Wells, 6 décembre 2016

Le vote sur le référendum de Renzi, qui a été rejeté par une marge de 59 à 41 pour cent, exprime une opposition croissante aux institutions du capitalisme européen et mondial.

Le candidat d’extrême-droite battu à l’élection présidentielle autrichienne

Par Markus Salzmann, 6 décembre 2016

L’ancien président des Verts autrichiens, Alexander van der Bellen, l’emporte par une importante avance face à Norbert Hofer du Parti de la Liberté en Autriche.

Le gouvernement libéral canadien encourage l’assaut patronal contre les retraites

Par Roger Jordan, 6 décembre 2016

Le Congrès du travail du Canada fait semblant de s'opposer au projet de loi C-27 des libéraux.

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Perspective

Trump’s phone call with Taiwan: A provocation against China

6 December 2016

Trump’s policy in the Asia-Pacific of “peace through strength” is a strategy not of peace, but of war.

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History

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov (1856–1918): His Place in the History of Marxism

By David North and Vladimir Volkov, 5 December 2016

On December 11, the international socialist movement marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of the “father of Russian Marxism,” Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov.

Arts

Novelist Lionel Shriver’s The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047 imagines an American meltdown

By James Brookfield, 6 December 2016

When we meet the cast of characters, in Shriver’s dystopian novel set in the not-so-distant future, the US is mired in economic crisis, driven largely by the growth of entitlement spending.

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today—the 1948 documentary restored

By Clara Weiss, 5 December 2016

The Eagle Huntress is about real people—Rules Don’t Apply and Nocturnal Animals are about something else

New study of American novelist
A conversation with Tony Williams, author of James Jones: The Limits of Eternity—Part 1

New study of American novelist
A conversation with Tony Williams, author of James Jones: The Limits of Eternity—Part 2

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MEHRING BOOKS 2016 HOLIDAY SALE

30 November 2016

Week 2: Build the Socialist Equality Party! All titles discounted from 10 percent to 50 percent during our annual holiday sale. You won’t want to miss our deals!

Commentary

The Zika pandemic and Washington’s indifference

By Gary Joad, 6 December 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of late November, 182 people in Florida have been infected with Zika by local mosquitos, and in Massachusetts there are 101 cases of travel-associated Zika.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi resigns after defeat in constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier and Mark Wells, 5 December 2016

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

Far-right candidate defeated in Austrian presidential election

By Markus Salzmann, 5 December 2016

US Congress overwhelmingly backs $619 billion Pentagon budget

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2016

Tennessee woman charged in attempted coat-hanger abortion

By Naomi Spencer, 5 December 2016

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

IYSSE to stand candidates in 2017 student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University »

Fifty years since the Aboriginal stockmen’s strike

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2016

The political legacy of Fidel Castro

Socialist Equality Party

SEP meeting in Colombo discusses Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 6 December 2016

Speakers explained the far-reaching and reactionary implications of Trump’s victory for workers and young people globally.

Sri Lankan workers and students discuss Trump’s election

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 December 2016

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Australia: NSW Teachers Federation calls meetings to ram through government deal
Demand the new agreement be circulated immediately! Delay the meetings to December 15!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 December 2016

Australia: NSW government re-introduces public school inspectors to enforce unpopular measures

Australia: New South Wales government “bumps up” standardised testing in schools

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

NYU’s corporate leadership bars socialist student group from campus

By Eric London, 3 December 2016

Reverse the rejection of club status for the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!
An open letter to the New York University Student Activities Board

25 years ago: European Council drafts Maastricht Treaty

Leaders of 12 European nations met on December 9-10, 1991 in the Dutch regional capital city of Maastricht to discuss the institution of a single European market.

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50 years ago: Korean forces massacre Vietnamese village

Between December 3 and December 6, 1966, South Korean soldiers serving in the American imperialist war against Vietnam slaughtered 430 civilians in the village of Bình Hòa in Quảng Ngãi province, eleven miles from My Lai.

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75 years ago: Red Army drives back German forces outside Moscow

On December 5, 1941, a Red Army counteroffensive halted and drove back Hitler’s armies at the gates of Moscow, delivering the first major defeat to Germany since the beginning of World War II.

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100 years ago: Central Powers invade Romania

On December 6, 1916, Austro-Hungarian and German troops entered Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The invasion signaled the end of Romania’s participation in the war for a number of months.

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The election of Donald Trump

Trump picks General “Mad Dog” Mattis for secretary of defense

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2016

Trump outlines right-wing program of extreme nationalism at Cincinnati rally

By Joseph Kishore and Jerry White, 2 December 2016

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016

Tensions mount over US presidential election recounts

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

Black Lives Matter blames “white supremacy” for election of Trump

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International Committee of the Fourth International

The International Committee of the Fourth International founds its French section

By our reporter, 15 November 2016

Build the Socialist Equality Party (France)!

15 November 2016